Video's of it in action
Son opening the door (and wondering like a lot of people why he can't say "Mellon" to open it) – youtu.be/sWiAeyyoG3c
Voice Recognition testing – youtu.be/sWL93RDTb1U
Thinking back on this i should have done the strips up and down rather then side to side, but it still turned out great.
Right now the door opens automatically after a touch of the hand. soon I will integrate voice recognition, so you will first have to touch it to illuminate it, then speak the elvish word for friend "Mellon" in order to gain access. I'm also going to cause the light just above this door to flicker and go out right before the door illuminates to have a much larger BAAM! effect.
for those interested in the electronic application of it. I use an Arduino Uno board, the touch sensing is done using capacitive touch, and the voice recognition will be completed using a VR shield 2.0. the door opens automatically using a normal automatic door opener (I purchased one from Olide and am very happy with it).